Friday, October 28, 2011

Border Communities Remember Immigrants Lost Due to Violence in Mexico & Broken U.S. Immigration System

~After sharing stories of loved ones lost forever, hundreds will process four-miles to El Paso's downtown San Jacinto Plaza~

The combination of a failed immigration system in the U.S. and unaccountable violence in Mexico has proven deadly for migrants. In the past two years U.S. immigrant deportations to Mexico have surged — often provoking terrible consequences. Not only are deportees separated from their families, but many are also ultimately killed in Mexico due to corruption and the Mexican government’s failure to protect it's people from violence.

The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) in El Paso, Texas will pay tribute to those murdered migrants as part of their annual Dia De Los Muertos event.

On November 1, BNHR will remember those who have lost loved ones due to the current situation in Mexico and the broken U.S. immigration system. Immigrant families of victims of the unaccountable violence in Mexico will give testimonies and call for justice at a 2 p.m. press conference at the BNHR El Paso office. After the press conference, a procession --anticipated to number 250--will march together toward San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso to join Occupy El Paso. Marchers will wear black and hold crosses and enlarged photos of victims of violence.

Mass detentions, deportations and the death of migrants at the border has created multi-billion dollar profits for a few. BNHR stands in solidarity with all who believe human rights matter more than profits.
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Information source: Border Network for Human Rights
Image source: La Mujer Obrera. Image promotes a Day of the Dead event this weekend at La Mujer Obrera in El Paso, Texas.

2 comments:

fan of Gaia said...

Immigration is a thorny issue for many countries. While we are dealing with it, we should never forget that "but for the grace of God" we could be those wishing to emigrate.

Vicente Duque said...


Thanks Billie

What a beautiful article !